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Las Vegans Magdaleno, Hunter win boxing titles

DENVER — Two nights after his stunning upset of Rau’shee Warren in the semifinals, Las Vegan Jesus Magdaleno made sure there was no drama in the championship bout.

Magdaleno followed up his signature victory with a dominant one. He showed no letup from his big win, beating Luis Rosa 17-4 to capture the bantamweight title at the USA Nationals on Saturday night.

Las Vegan Michael Hunter Jr. also won the super heavyweight championship.

“This is something I wanted to conquer,” Magdaleno said.

Magdaleno swarmed Rosa, using his quickness to jump out to the early lead. In the second round, his relentless attack forced Rosa into two standing eight counts.

Magdaleno eased up in the third round, content to win on points and not take a chance and leave himself open for a knockout punch.

Hunter, who captured the 2007 super heavyweight crown, was a repeat champion Saturday, beating Javier Torres, 31-12. It was a comeback of sorts for Hunter, who was disqualified from his quarterfinal bout.

Hunter beat Lenroy Thompson 8-7 in Wednesday’s match but was disqualified for using too much gauze on his hands. He appealed the ruling, and the arbitrators ruled in his favor, restoring the super heavyweight into the semifinals of the championships.

He then won easily in the semifinals and routed Torres.

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